Workshops & Programs

​​​​​​​​​​​​Science Investigator Series

​​Offered September-May

​Cost: $100 for a class of up to 30 students.


Enhance your students' trip to the Indianapolis Zoo with one of our science learning opportunities! Offered throughout the school year, students will enjoy a variety of guided activities as they discover and investigate the science behind our natural world. All Science Investigator programs align to Indiana State Science Standards

Running throughout the week, programs begin on the hour and last for 45 minutes, include instruction, activities and a guided trip to a Zoo exhibit.

Need help finding the best program for your class? Email us at edustaff@indyzoo.com for suggestions.​

Program Topics

Butterfly Builders

Students will investigate butterflies and their life cycle through a variety of activities including a story, game and science investigation. The lesson will end with a visit to our outdoor gardens to see a butterfly habitat and look for native butterflies. Designed for students pre-K through fifth grade and only available April-May. [close]

Polar Plunge

Students will explore the adaptations of polar animals through a variety of activities including a story, game and science investigation. The lesson will finish with a guided trip to see some of our polar animals. Designed for students pre-K through fifth grade.​ [close]

Tropical Topple

Students will discover the importance of habitats and ecosystems while participating in our giant Tropical Topple game! The activity will help explain the interconnectivity of the natural world. This program also includes a guided trip out to one of our Zoo exhibits.  Designed for students in third through sixth grades.  [close]

Building a Habitat

Students will explore what is important in a habitat and how the Zoo creates animal exhibits through a variety of activities as well as a trip out to see an exhibit. Designed for students in first through fourth grades.  [close]

Orangutan Adaptations

Students will compare their own physical adaptations to that of the orangutans. The program will finish with a guided visit to see our orangutans in the Simon Skjodt International Orangutan Center. Designed for grades pre-K through 2. [close]

Orangutan Memory & Problem Solving

Students will explore their own memory and problem solving abilities while learning more about the cognitive abilities of orangutans. The program will finish with a guided visit to see our orangutans in the Simon Skjodt International Orangutan Center. Designed for grades 4-7 [close]

Science Investigations Global Conservation Connection Series

Learn more about how we can work together to save some of the world’s endangered and threaten species. Each program will explore the issues and challenges facing the species and how you can help in the conservation efforts. 

Dolphin

Discover how what we do here in Indiana has a big impact on dolphins in Gulf. Learn how you and your students can help in the conservation efforts. [close]

Cheetah

Find out what conservationists and zoo are doing to save the cheetah from extinction. Discover what you and your students can do to help one of Africa’s most endangered cats. [close]

Elephant

Explore the world of elephants and learn what challenges they face. Hear about what conservationist are doing to save elephants in the wild and how your students can help. [close]

Orangutan Habitat & Conservation

Learn more about the orangutans and the importance of their habitat to the orangutans’ survival. See how you and your students can make an impact on orangutan conservation. [close]

Please note that Zoo admission must be purchased separately, and field trip rates​ are available.

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​Check the schedule

 

​NEW! Zoo Careers

Help your students discover the wide range of zoo careers and take a tour behind the scenes to see how it works. Each tour session can accomodate up to 30 people. All participants must be 6 or older.  

Cost: $200 for up to 30 people

  • Apr. 21 • 10am, 11am or 1pm

Please note that Zoo admission must be purchased separately, and field trip rates​ are available.

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If you need assistance please e-mail us at edustaff@indyzoo.com

Scout Programs

These programs are a fun way for Scouts to collect experiences that will help them reach their scouting goals. Spaces are limited and registration is required. 

Scout Programs for ages 10-16

Cost: $30 per scout

  • Vet Medicine • March 11 • 9am-noon

Daisy Scouts

Cost: $25 per youth and $10 per adult​

  • 3 Cheers for Animals • March 25• 9-11:30am

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Overnight Brownie and Junior Girl Scout Programs

Our Bunk For a Badge program lets Brownie and Junior troops explore The Zoo after hours and earn a badge as well.

For more information, please email or call 317-630-2000 between the hours of 9am-5pm Monday-Friday.